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Recipes for Busy Moms Recipes for Busy Moms

Meals that stretch

Posted by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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Hello ladies! Hope everyone is enjoying their Friday!!
We have 5 extra family members that will be in town all next week. I'm looking for meals that will stretch, that are cheap an will feed a lot of people. I need some ideas since money is a little tight with the holidays right around the corner!
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delanna6two
by Ruby Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

How about big pot of chili, soup, or spaghetti....rice, mashed potatoes???

OliviaW.
by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 10:26 AM

 Goualsh, chili, beef stew, spaghetti.

Kimberly954
by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Ooh, fun post! Lets see.....

Cook up a whole chicken and turn it into a couple pot pies!

Baked Ziti, salad, rolls

Chicken legs/thighs or quarters (I have been getting quarters at Walmart for $1 or less a lb!) grilled, homemade mashed potatoes


Kimberly954
by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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I have been making freezer meals in bulk for my swap. I can typically make 5-6 meals that serve 6 people each for under $40. So I would just cut that in half!

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Ham and beans in the crockpot

Farmers Casserole (egg and potato dish)

Meatless pasta bake

Meatballs with 1/2 grape jelly, 1/2 bbq sauce, heat in crockpot and serve over white rice

White chicken chili and cornbread

Chicken broccoli and rice casserole

"unstuffed" pepper (stuffed pepper casserole - chop the peppers instead of stuffing them)

"unstuffed" shells (mini shells and layer it together rather than stuffing the shells)

DissieDothe
by Bronze Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I simply make more of the meals that I have planned. It's a lot more affordable when you can pull the extra ingredients from the pantry. If you usually make a 9x13 pan of lasagna, you can make an 11x14 pan ... extra lasagna pasta but the same amount of cheese & sauce etc - it might cost you $2 to feed 5 more.

Try to keep breakfast cost under control and time prep/clean-up minimal. Gravy & biscuits, cheesy scrambles & toast, make-ahead muffins etc.

Lunch - roll out the deli & heat the soup.

Don't over stock on fresh fruit ... you can buy more as needed.  You can always fill the ice chest with beverages as opposed to fitting it all into the refrigerator.

jjamom
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Pasta dishes, rice dishes and soups/stews/chili.
KaylaMillar
by Kayla on Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM
What's cheesy chicken spaghetti? That sounds good!

Quoting Kimberly954:

I have been making freezer meals in bulk for my swap. I can typically make 5-6 meals that serve 6 people each for under $40. So I would just cut that in half!

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Ham and beans in the crockpot

Farmers Casserole (egg and potato dish)

Meatless pasta bake

Meatballs with 1/2 grape jelly, 1/2 bbq sauce, heat in crockpot and serve over white rice

White chicken chili and cornbread

Chicken broccoli and rice casserole

"unstuffed" pepper (stuffed pepper casserole - chop the peppers instead of stuffing them)

"unstuffed" shells (mini shells and layer it together rather than stuffing the shells)

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KaylaMillar
by Kayla on Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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Spaghetti is good but we just had it last week :-(

Quoting delanna6two:

How about big pot of chili, soup, or spaghetti....rice, mashed potatoes???

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Kimberly954
by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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http://www.boomerbrief.com/2012/03/super-satisfying-chicken-spagetti.html

This isnt my cheesy chicken one but its still really good.

Kimberly954
by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM
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Saute 1/2 cup onion chopped and 1/4 cup green pepper chopped in a little oil.

Meanwhile, cook 8oz spaghetti and drain.

Mix the spaghetti, onion/pepper, with 2 cups cooked chicken, diced, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 cup chicken broth, and 1.5 cups chedder cheese.

Pour into greased 9x13 pan. (If freezing, use a disposible aluminum pan with lid or foil). Top with 1/2 cup cheddar cheese.

When ready to eat, thaw and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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